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Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance Team Up Again for ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’

Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg has lined up his next project: the historical thriller “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.” The film is an adaptation of the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer. Tony Kushner (who previously wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar) adapted the screenplay. Mark Rylance, […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

Oscar Circuit: Adapted Screenplay

Faithfully and successfully adapting an original source into a workable feature film screenplay often poses itself as a daunting task to even the most seasoned writers.  Combined with the constant concern of providing a captivating narrative to drive a story, the added pressure of doing justice to the source increases expectations.  Ranging from a stage […]

Critics Choice Nominations Announced!

18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners to be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013. BEST PICTUREArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes – The SessionsHugh Jackman […]

McConaughey and Weisz Surprise with NYFCC, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln take 3 awards

The New York Film Critics have announced their winners for the best in cinema for 2012.  The East Coast group that awarded Best Picture to Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist last year chose the brilliant Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  The film won a total of three awards from the coveted group including Cinematography […]

Oscar Circuit – Music vs. History

With two (really one) contender left to be unveiled, this is the most exciting awards race I’ve covered in all my years of Oscar prognosticating.  Every category is competitive and with races like this, anything can happen.  Along with updating the official Oscar Predictions, I’ve updated the major precursors such as the Golden Globe Awards and […]

Snippet Review: ‘Lincoln’

In Lincoln, Steven Spielberg brings the 16th President’s turbulent final months in office to life, and with it bequeaths upon us one of the great history lessons in the annals of cinema. While President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) tries to unite a country by bringing an end to the Civil War, his principal focus is to […]

Lincoln (***½)

Steven Spielberg delivers his finest work since Minority Report (2002) with his politically charged and emotionally timely film, Lincoln.  Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the pivotal role of Abraham Lincoln, the film tells the story of the last months of Lincoln’s presidency and his mission to abolish slavery during the time of the civil war. Tony […]